WHS – What Handicap do I Use ?

13 Dec WHS – What Handicap do I Use ?

WHS – What Handicap do I Use ?
I trust you and your families are keeping safe and well.

A number of members have approached me with questions relating to the different handicaps mentioned in the World Handicap System (WHS) and when to use each one.

I hope the information below helps to clarify things.

Attached is the Blue Conversation chart but you will find all conversation charts on our website at the top of the following link


Kind Regards

George Auterson
Chair of C&H


Your Handicap Index (HI) is your starting point. You then need to determine your Course Handicap (CH) by using the Slope Rating Conversion Chart which can be found on the outside wall of the clubhouse.

The chart takes account the Course Slope Rating and adjusts your HI dependent on the tee you are playing from. You will see that there are 4 separate tee columns, White, Yellow, Blue (Seniors) and Red. You simply focus on the Tee you will be playing from and based on your HI you determine your Course Handicap (CH).

In general play your CH is the Handicap for the round your are playing.


When playing in Competitions the R&A has set mandatory Handicap Allowances dependent on the format of the Competition. These Handicap Allowances effectively reduce your CH to provide equity for players of all level of ability in each format of play.
(The maximum Handicap is 54 and the R&A carried out numerous statistical tests to determine the appropriate degree of reduction in CH to achieve “a fair and equal game when playing with or competing against one another”.)

The main changes following the introduction of the WHS relate to Strokeplay Competitions (Medal & Stableford). In particular:

• Individual Medal & Stableford – Handicap Allowance is 95% of your CH
• Fourball Betterball – Handicap Allowance is 85% of your CH.

No Calculator Required – On the Noticeboard to the right of the Touchscreen in the foyer you will find a Conversion Chart for each Tee course. Each Tee chart enables you to convert your HI to your CH and then a 95% or 85% restriction when appropriate.

I have attached a copy of the BLUE tee conversion chart as an example.

N.B. – your Playing Handicap is ONLY used to determine the result of a competition and is NOT relevant for Handicap score recording purposes. It is your CH that is relevant for Handicapping purposes. Please remember that if your Playing Handicap is less than your CH be careful when deciding to “pick up” in Stableford competitions.


Firstly, you will see that the Seniors Course is now shown separately and is designated as our Blue Course. Secondly, you will see that there are three Handicap boxes for you to enter your Handicap Index, Course Handicap and Playing Handicap.

CONGU Guidance G2.1b/ – Handicap On The Scorecard – confirms that to AVOID DISQUALIFICATION under Rule 3.3b (4) of the Rules of Golf the player MUST put his/her Course Handicap on the scorecard.


Scores are only acceptable for WHS handicapping purposes during the Club’s Active Season. Currently, our course is non-qualifying and we are in the Inactive Season. Competition and general play scores are therefore non-qualifying for Handicap purposes and will not affect your HI.

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